King & Spalding’s national appellate practice has broad experience in complex appellate litigation at all levels of the state and federal court systems. The D.C.-based group is led by three partners: Daryl L. Joseffer, a former Principal Deputy in the Office of the Solicitor General; Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, a former Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; and Ashley C. Parrish, an appellate specialist with extensive experience handling strategic litigation and administrative-law matters. The group includes one counsel and seven associates, all of whom held prestigious appellate clerkships before joining the firm.
Our D.C.-based national appellate practice is supplemented by a deep bench of respected lawyers across the country with practice-area-specific appellate expertise. Examples include Chilton Davis Varner, who has served as appellate counsel for several of the country’s largest pharmaceutical, medical device, and automotive manufacturers; Merritt McAlister, who focuses on representing financial and healthcare sector clients; Paul R. Johnson, a certified specialist in California appeals; Adam M. Conrad, who specializes in intellectual property appeals before the Federal Circuit; and Shawn Stephens, who is based in Texas and is recognized as one of the leading appellate lawyers in the Southwest.
Law360 selected King & Spalding’s appellate group as a 2013 practice group of the year based on the significance, size, complexity, and number of appellate matters it handled. The group has also been recognized by Chambers USA and Legal 500 as among the nation’s best, with clients praising our appellate lawyers for their “exceptional brief-writing and oral advocacy skills.” The group has established a reputation for successfully representing clients in major appeals in virtually every litigation forum, including before the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal and state appellate courts, government agencies, and national and international arbitration panels.
Our appellate lawyers represent clients in appeals for cases that the firm originally tried and are also frequently retained to handle high-profile appeals in cases tried by other firms. In addition, our appellate lawyers provide strategic counseling and advice on legal issues well before they reach the appellate level. They are frequently retained to brief and argue constitutional and other complex legal issues in trial courts. They assist clients with pretrial motions, preparation of jury instructions, presentation of motions and objections during trial, post-trial motions, and pre-appellate evaluation and mediation of cases. And they analyze pending legislation and regulations to assess their constitutionality and the viability of potential legal challenges.